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Rob Jacobs, Moon Bros. 18+ Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Fri., March 6, 9:30 p.m. 2015

Rob Jacobs’s eponymous solo debut for the new International Anthem label represents another missive from his peripatetic journey through weirdness, one that’s shape-shifted over his last few years as the leader of prog-folk band Wei Zhongle. Jacobs has a knack for creating pithy psychedelic art-folk songs by manipulating his guitar to create short, syncopated notes that build a rich lattice of rhythmic tones. The record doesn’t fall too far from his previous group work—he just does everything himself here. He’s created a unique sound world—warm, melodic, and succinct—but whether you’ll want to live in it or run like hell to get away from it probably depends on your tolerance for his singing. As much as I enjoy what surrounds the vocals, his high-pitched nasal whine acts like a pneumatic drill ripping through my patience. He sounds like a troll mainlining helium. If he would only keep that gob shut. —Peter Margasak

Price: $10

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